Mumeng Community hands wanted criminal to police
THE Mumeng community has arrested and detained one of Bulolo's most notorious criminals to police after being subjected to his criminal acts for the past five years.
Villagers in the Zenag and Kamalu areas, in a collaborative community effort outnumbered Joe Sam, a serial murderer, overpowered him and placed him on house-arrest, before handing him to Bulolo Police.
Sam, who has been on the run for several years, is described as a 'living terrorist', as a result of his involvement in a number of high profiled crimes in the Bulolo area.
Bulolo Police Commander Inspector Willie Gumaim applauded the community, and further urged criminals to surrender to the police.
"Why should we allow lone criminals to rule and control our lives? We have to live normally and these kinds of people belong behind the bars.
"Communities must rise up and start tackling this problem. Police are not always there and this effort has assisted us a great deal," said Mr Gumaim.
He said since efforts to restore law and order begin in 2005, communities, individuals and support have been forthcoming, which he hoped will continue for sometime.
"There are decent people in these communities who want to live a normal live. And I have news to criminals and thugs that they are living on borrowed time.
"They will be caught by police or their own communities, and there is no place for them to hide," said Mr Gumaim.
Mr Gumaim further called on other communities to work closely with police to get rid of criminals, so that they can live peacefully and harmoniously.